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Caviness Beef announces $30M expansion at Texas plant

AMARILLO, Texas – According to officials from Caviness Beef Packers Ltd., the company plans to expand its Hereford, Texas, processing plant to accommodate a second slaughtering and processing shift. The $30 million expansion will increase the plant’s daily capacity from 1,800 head to 2,600 head while adding about 600 jobs at the facility. Approximately 65,000 sq. ft. will be added, pushing the plant’s square footage up to about 375,000 sq. ft. The investment will go toward upgrades including additional carcass coolers, animal welfare facilities, box storage, dry goods storage and a hide processing area.

“Caviness is excited to expand its processing capacity at our Hereford plant,” said Terry Caviness, CEO, adding that the location has been win-win for the company and the region where it has been located for decades. “It is where it all started over 55 years ago in 1962 and we have been fortunate to be able to see continued growth.

“The Texas panhandle is a vibrant cattle region with wonderful folks that have a great work ethic. The cattle numbers from the supply side are favorable and we are excited to create more packing capacity and demand for cattle in the greater southwest

Construction is slated to begin in October 2018 with a goal of finishing the project by the fall of 2019. The additional supply of cattle is expected to come from dairy farms, feedyards and ranches in the region. “We have good opportunities to further diversify and expand our higher end beef product offerings,” said Trevor Caviness, president.

Caviness also operates a beef plant in Amarillo, Texas, and CS Beef Packers LLC, in Kuna, Idaho, where it partnered with J.R. Simplot Co. to build a new beef plant that opened in 2017.

“Companies are only as good as their people and we are fortunate to have many talented folks on our team. We look forward to bringing people up from within the organization as well as adding new talented team members,” said Allen Hare, HR director.

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Caviness, TX

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Sarah E. Calcote, “Caviness, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 20, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Family Business Focus: Caviness leaves a legacy

This is the latest in a series of podcasts, web news reports and feature stories that are part of Family Business Focus, a partnership between MEAT+POULTRY and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). MEAT+POULTRY and NAMI’s family business task force have joined forces to provide information and resources to help family-held companies survive and thrive.

In 1962, at the age of 44, Pete Caviness was ready to switch gears and try something new. After years of working as a cattle buyer for feeder cattle, stocker cattle and packer cows, he decided to move onto the other side of the business and go out on his own. He bought a meat locker plant in Hereford, Texas, and Caviness Beef Packers was born.

The business started harvesting 10 to 15 head per day and grew steadily from there. Today, the third-generation meat packer processes 2,000 head per day.

The next generation entered the family business in 1969, after Pete’s son, Terry Caviness, graduated from Texas Tech University with an industrial management degree and joined the company. At that time, the plant was harvesting 150 head a day.

“My grandfather needed all the help he could get, so my dad came back from college and got to work,” said Trevor Caviness, the third generation to work at Caviness Beef Packers and now president of the company.

Trevor studied finance and real estate finance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Every summer during college he took jobs in different industries, trying to decide what suited him best.

“Entrepreneurship always interested me,” Trevor said. “I always spent a lot of time working at our plant, but I hadn’t made the commitment to work there for sure.”

After graduating from SMU in 1997, and then getting an additional one-year ranch management degree from Texas Christian University (TCU), Trevor decided in 1998, working at Caviness Beef Packers was the logical and inevitable next step.

“I knew I’d have a stake in my family’s business regardless, but instead of waiting, I decided to join right away and hit the ground running to try to grow it,” he said. “I didn’t want to waste three or four years out there doing something else and then eventually end up here. I decided to jump right in – it was the right thing to do. I have always loved it. It’s a way of life for me; a passion.”

Continued growth

Trevor’s younger brother Regan followed in his older brother’s footsteps coming on board in 2002 after also completing the one-year TCU ranch management program and started as a buyer for the plant. Today, he is vice president.

“He is more focused on the live side of the business, as well as offal and export business,” Trevor said. “I focus more on the processing, beef marketing and food safety side.”

At 74 years old, Terry Caviness is still very involved in the business as chief executive officer.

“He’s still fully active. He leads the live cattle procurement side of things and Hereford plant construction,” Trevor said. “There’s plenty for all to do.”

When Trevor joined the business in 1998, the company was harvesting 700 head per day. Seven years later, it was time to expand. Caviness built a new 350,000-square-foot facility, also in Hereford, and immediately started harvesting 950 head per day.

“Our old plant was sitting between the railroad and a highway and there wasn’t much room to grow,” Trevor said. “We moved a few miles down the road to more acreage and open land. Going new and state-of-the-art was the way to go and really helped take us to the next level.”

The growth continued. Three years later, production grew to 1,200 head, and three years after that, 1,600 head. Now at 2,000 head per day, there are plans to add a second slaughter shift in October to bring production to 2,800 to 3,000 head per day.

In the fall of 2014, the company started negotiating a joint venture operation with J.R. Simplot Co. in Idaho.

“After our visions were aligned and we hired the contractor, engineer and architect to design the facility, operations started running in June 2017,” Trevor said.

The 50/50 joint venture company – CS Beef Packers (which stands for Caviness Simplot Beef Packers) – has a 380,000-square-foot plant in Kuna, Idaho, which harvests 1,700 head per day. The plant features harvest, fabrication, rendering and hide production and it processes ground beef. In Texas, Caviness has a separate ground beef processing facility 45 miles away in Amarillo. Each ground beef operation produces 1 million lbs of ground beef per week.

The Caviness facility in Texas produces a line of Caviness Farm Fresh ground beef for retail, as well as private label and foodservice ground beef. CS Beef Packers also produces branded product for retail, plus private label.

However, the 1 million lbs per week only accounts for 25% of the raw material coming out of fabrication; the remaining 75% is sold as boneless trimmings to other companies for further processing.

“We oversee the operational part of CS Beef. We bring the beef packing expertise to the partnership,” Trevor said. “Geography played a big part in the partnership. You need to have a plant where the livestock is. Both Caviness and Simplot saw the need for a beef processor in that part of Idaho. The nearest competitor was 700 miles away. We felt like we filled a void by placing the plant in that location.”

The Idaho plant employs 750 people, mostly new hires with a few transfers from the Texas facility. There are 1,100 employees working at the Hereford and Amarillo plants in Texas. There are two beef fabrication shifts now and one harvest shift. After the addition of the second harvest shift in October, the company will bring on an additional 300 workers.

All in the family

Caviness Beef Packers does not have an outside board of directors. All operations are led by and decisions made by Terry, Trevor and Regan Caviness.

“We’re all owner-operators involved in day-to-day operations overseeing the business. I feel like it’s important to be present and be around. As an owner, being involved and having your footprint in and around the facility is essential. It gives employees a sense of pride to know those they are working for are also working with them,” Trevor said. “We have a number of other leadership roles – both in Hereford and in Kuna – that are held by non-family members. For many positions we have promoted from within. We’ve recruited from outside as well. We have several employees that are over 20, 30 and even a few over 40 years in tenure. We have a good foundation working with us.”

The next generation of the Caviness family is waiting in the wings to take the family business into the fourth generation.

“There is a generation after us that is welcome to join the family business, but we still have a way to go,” Trevor said.

The transition to the next generation will have to wait a few years as Trevor’s son and two daughters are only 14, 12 and 10 now, and Regan’s daughter and son are only 7 and 5 years old.

“There is still quite some time to find out what their passions are,” he said. “They may fit right into the business, or they may not want to. We’ll have to see where their strengths will lead them.”

As for the company itself, there are plans to build a new ground beef facility in a new location in Amarillo to replace the existing facility. The new plant should be completed and operational by Spring 2022. The new facility will allow for plenty of room for growth in ground beef production and value-added processing.

“We’re always open to opportunities for growth – we’re open to opportunities as they arise,” Trevor said. “Whether our growth is in further processing or just adding more volume at our existing plants, or even adding more plants – we’re open to whatever comes next. The world population continues to grow and the demand for beef as a key protein will as well.”

No matter where the business ends up in the future, Trevor hopes it will always bear the Caviness family name.

“There’s a lot of pride to family ownership and growing something that was started by generations before – and continuing to help it grow,” he said. “It’s fun to be actively involved and grow something that’s truly yours – that has your name on it.”

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Caviness, Texas

Welcome to Caviness ...

Caviness is located in Lamar County<1>.

Caviness is 570 feet [174 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Caviness lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Caviness: (903) and (430)<3>

Adding Caviness to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Caviness in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Caviness was on a map titled Map of Texas (from Rand McNally, 1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Caviness on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Caviness ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Caviness - it's located in Oregon.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Caviness.

Communities near Caviness ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Caviness.

  • Paris [Lamar County]
  • Hugo [Choctaw County]
  • Reno [Lamar County]
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    • Reno [Lamar County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<4> to the southeast of Caviness
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,349 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reno have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Blossom [Lamar County]
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    • Blossom [Lamar County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<4> to the southeast of Caviness
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,576 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blossom have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blossom<5>
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    • Roxton [Lamar County]
    • Soper [Choctaw County]
    • Sun Valley [Lamar County]
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      • Sun Valley [Lamar County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<4> to the southeast of Caviness
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 80 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sun Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Toco [Lamar County]
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      • Toco [Lamar County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the south of Caviness
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 76 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Toco have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Camp Maxey [Lamar County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp Maxey
      • Camp Maxey [Lamar County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<4> to the northeast of Caviness
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Camp Maxey. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Powderly [Lamar County]
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      • Powderly [Lamar County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the northeast of Caviness
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Powderly have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Caviness. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Caviness.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Caviness. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Caviness.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Caviness. See our Newspapers Page for Caviness.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Caviness ...

Looking for more information about Caviness? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Caviness, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Caviness.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Texas' counties, including Lamar, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Caviness - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>Area code (430) is an overlay for area code (903).
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Caviness) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Caviness. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CavinessOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Caviness. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7582, Longitude: -95.6134    
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.

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LOCATION: Caviness Cemebery is located in the northwest quadrant of the county off Farm Road 1499. It is in Block 15 of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993. DIRECTIONS: In Paris at the intersection on Loop 286 North and Hwy 271 North take Hwy 271 north for 3.5 miles to the intersection with FM 1499, Take FM 1499 westerly for 6.8 miles to the intersection with CR 34665. Take CR 34665 north for 2/10 miles until it ends. There are three houses on the road, go to the brick house and enter the pasture through a gate. The old road to the cemetery follows the fence line. The cemetery is due north and meandering for another 5/10 mile and is hidden by a grove of trees. GPS COORDINATES: 33° 46' 15.4194" N, -95° 38' 46.896" W.
(33.77095 Latitude and -95.64636 Longitude) OLDEST KNOWN BURIAL: The oldest inscribed grave is that of Charles K. Buster, who died 8 Nov 1832. NUMBER OF GRAVES: There are 117 known graves in the cemetery. (July 2017) SIGNS/MARKERS: There is not a state highway marker for the cemetery. LAST ENUMERATION: The cemetery was recorded in April 1992, by Clyde and Patsy Shannon Daniels. ADD'L INFORMATION: According to the Texas State Historical Association, Caviness had a post office from 1895 until sometime after 1930. The post office was originally to be named Sidney after early settler Sidney Caviness, but to avoid duplicating another office's name, Caviness was substituted. In 1896 the settlement's population was recorded as fifteen. By 1914 the number of residents had risen to forty, and the community had a cotton gin and two general stores. In the 1930s the town had a population of fifty, a school, a church, a cemetery, a factory, at least one other business, and scattered dwellings on a graded and drained metal surface road. PICTURE(S):

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